LOS BANOS — Students at Pacheco High School are seeking votes - and a big payoff - in an online safe driving contest.
At stake in the State Farm contest is a $100,000 grant and a possible concert in Los Banos by Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson.
“The message that State Farm is pushing is safe driving,” said State Farm agent Joe Gutierrez. “Two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel. No texting, no talking on the phone.”
The Celebrate My Drive contest aims to engage teens, as they learn to drive, in a supportive and positive way. The more safe driving commitments the community makes on behalf of Pacheco High, the better the school’s odds of winning.
“We have to get the message out to teenagers to drive safe,” Gutierrez said.
He is also getting the word out to vote.
“I’m going to get the community to help out and vote and we’re going to win this thing,” he said.
The Los Banos Tigers are also encouraged to vote, and if the Panthers win the contest, the Tigers are invited to the concert along with eighth-graders from Los Banos Junior High school.
A Celebrate My Drive event will take place during halftime at the freshmen football game Oct. 24 against Patterson where State Farm will raffle off gas money and prizes. Students will do a victory walk around the football field and a safe driving message will be presented. Event organizers will also be reminding people to vote for their school.
State Farm agent Andrea Brandt said that if the money is won, 10 percent should go toward driver education but, ultimately, the money can be used on whatever the school chooses.
To vote, go to www.celebratemydrive.com between Oct. 18 and 26.
The school with the most votes wins and winners will be announced sometime after all the votes are counted, Gutierrez said.
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